Firefox celebrates 10 years with shiny developer version and privacy-centric new features

Mozilla tries to charm the developers away from Chrome by promising better tools
Firefox celebrates 10 years with shiny developer version and privacy-centric new

Once, Firefox looked poised to save us from the terrors of Internet Explorer. (Sorry, Opera, we know you tried). Google swooped from behind with its Chrome browser but Mozilla's still chugging along and to celebrate a decade's worth of being one of the Internet's best browsers, it just released a more dev-friendly version of Firefox.

It isn't just the programmers getting love as Firefox is justifying why it thinks ordinary users should leave Chrome behind by introducing more privacy-centric features.

Dump Google, says Mozilla

The new developer's version of Firefox runs independently from the main browser so you can have both installed on one machine without one replacing the other. With a new developer-centric browser, you no longer need to be subscribed to Mozilla's Aurora channel for the latest betas as the new browser will be updated automatically.

For those into trying more cutting-edge features or want to develop for the browser, the new browser is a nicely self-contained package which even caters to those developing for mobile browsers. Mozilla also proudly announced that this browser can be used to debug any browser and calls this version one made just for developers, with all the tools they might require.

As to the latest update for vanilla Firefox, it includes a handy 'Forget' button that can be added to your browser. Clicking it will erase all traces of usage, a much simpler means than having to click through settings to clear history or your cache.

There's also a new search option: DuckDuckGo, a search engine that promises not to track your searches and which Mozilla is heavily encouraging its users to choose as the default search option.

In any case, Happy Birthday Firefox and thanks for being an option on days when Chrome won't quite crashing on you.

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[Source: Mashable]